The colony located near Ira Township, MI has been an ongoing project of ours for more than two years. It started out simple enough: out for a drive, pass a cat laying in the grass, stop to see if it is friendly and in good health. This small act of curiosity quickly balooned into no small undertaking. That first kitty would become known as "original mama" and we discovered that mama had four babies that she was caring for. As we returned over the next few weeks to bring food we realized that the colony was much larger than mama and her babies. There would end up being nearly 20 cats that would come and go over the years. Regular feedings resulted in the cats trusting us and even running up to their food bowls when they saw our truck coming. This allowed us to trap the cats very efficiently and without stressing them too much. Over the years there have also been a number of litters born to the breeding females before they were spayed. These kittens were all successfully caught before they were too old to be rehabilitated and were weaned and adopted out to loving forever families. One very protective mother even went to the extent of having her babies in a large construction dumpster underneath hundreds of pounds of scrap wood and metal. But perserverance won out and after hours of digging through the rubble, the tiny day-old babies were pulled from the dumpster and brought home to be raised. This involves bottle feeding every few hours for the first four weeks and then slowly weaning them on to wet food, followed by dry food. Once they were eight weeks old they were given their shots, spayed and neutered, and adopted.
Venus and Star
Venus and her baby Star were living under a house in a rural area of Texas south of Fort Worth. The owners of the house liked having the cats around but were concerned for their health and didn't want her to have any more babies, so they put an ad on craigslist and the rescue stepped in. We went to the house with the intentions of trapping the cats, spaying them and releasing them back to live happy lives. Venus proved to be so tame that it was determined that she had been a housecat before being abandoned. She and her kitten were taken and spayed, then flown to Michigan where one of the rescue's directors found them homes.
This lovable fellow was hanging around another group of cats in a suburb of Dallas, TX. The woman caring for the colony noticed that he was dragging one of his front legs as he ran down the street. She contacted the rescue for help and the poor guy was brought to us for evaluation by a vet. It was determined that he had gotten his leg tangled in something that crushed the bones in his lower leg. The best course of treatment would be to amputate the leg, and in the process it was discovered that he was BOTH Feline Leukemia (FeLeuk) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) positive! Despite all of the negatives in his life, he was the most loving and affectionate cat that we had ever seen and was most certainly NOT feral! This meant he had to have been someone's pet at one time and was cruely dumped to fend for himself out in the wild. He quickly earned the name Sweet Pea because he only wanted our love and attention. The rescue covered the cost of the surgery to amputate his leg and to have him neutered and fostered him while he recovered. Because he was FeLeuk and FIV positive, he could not be placed in a home with other cats unless they too were FeLeuk or FIV positive. A new home for Sweet Pea was found where he could thrive and be given all of the love and attention he demanded (he greets you by smashing his face into yours as hard as he can, purring the whole time)! He is now a very content kitty in his new home with his four dog friends that have welcomed him into the pack along with his new mommy, Niki. Thank you so very much Niki for giving him the home he deserves!!
Stormy is a very beautiful little boy that got a second chance after being pulled out of a storm sewer in a grocery store parking lot!! We could hear him crying down there but never knew how to get to him. Finally my husband removed the manhole cover and climbed down there but Stormy would run farther down the sewer pipe. For 24 hours we checked our traps frequently to see if he had found them and climbed in but he was to sick and couldn't see or smell the food. Instead he was eating the leaves and sticks that had been washed down there. After a very heavy rain the sewer filled part way with water so Matt went down there and was able to corner Stormy and grab him! By then he was so sick and weak that we did not think he would live through the night, but he is a fighter and he proved that sometimes a little TLC is all a kitty needs to survive. He is now a healthy young boy and is loving life in his new home with his new big brother Romeo!!